• Nikki Cross

How to guarantee your personal development investment will pay off...

Picture the scene: you’re about to make an investment in your personal development.

You’ve thought about the areas you want to develop in life & in business and you’re ready.

…then the voice pop’s up: “What if it’s not worth it? What if it doesn’t pay off?”

I’ve got you. In episode 29 of the Inner Work Conversation I share my three tips to guarantee ROI on your personal development.

Because it's a big deal right? You have three resources that are precious to you as a leader, and you work hard to protect them, your:

  • Time

  • Energy

  • Money

So it's fair to say that when you're considering investing in your own personal development, you want to know it'll pay off! Whether it's reading a book, paying for training or a coach or even joining a group membership like Thrive Together want to know it'll be worth it.

"But what if it's free?" I hear you's never free. Even if you're attending a free webinar or a free learning event, you're still investing your precious time and energy - so let's make sure it pay's off. In this episode I share...

  • What questions to ask yourself to make sure your learning actually sticks

  • How to actually put what you've learnt into practice (...without giving up when it gets hard)

  • The number one mindset block to learning and how to overcome it

...what's that? You haven't got time to listen? I've got you. Here's a summary of the three tips:

TIP 1: Use a learning journal

I've been a learning & development practitioner for 15 years and the Kirkpatrick Model is a fantastic tool to measure the success of any learning exercise. But let's remove the theory and get practical, in your learning journal answer these simple questions:

  • What am I learning here?

  • What can I practically implement from this? (what can I do more of, less of or differently?)

  • ...and on reflection, after trying this out... what results did I see?

TIP 2: Decide up front how long you'll persist

As a leader, it can often feel like you 'should' already know how to do things. This internal assumption can make it hard to adopt the beginners mind required to try new things. It can feel like you'll 'lose credibility' or 'the team might buy out' if you are seen to not know what you're doing.

So set lower and upper limits to your learning implementation:

  • What's the minimum amount of time you'll try this new approach?

  • When do you expect to have made progress?

  • When will you review your progress?

TIP 3: Eradicate 'should' and 'shame'

When you're learning (or about to invest in your personal development) you can expect the imposter gremlin to pop up. It'll probably say something like: "in your position, shouldn't you already be able to do this?!" ...I find a lot of leaders hold themselves back from learning because they:

  • "Should" themselves. While they are learning, their focus is on the past. They are giving themselves grief about why they aren't already "good enough" which then leads to....

  • Shame. They then struggle to focus on learning because their mental energy is too tied up in feeling shame.

Approaching your development with a beginners mind is going to serve you here!


And just for good measure - here's a summary over on my Instagram account too...

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